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In Loving Memory of K9 Kuno - Forest Heights Police Dept.

K9 Kuno - Forest Heights Police | Kendal Wade Funeral Home LLC
K9 Kuno - Forest Heights Police | Kendal Wade Funeral Home LLC

K9 Kuno

June 6, 2018 - July 2, 2023


Funeral Service

Thursday, July 13, 2023 - 11:00am

Forest Heights Neighborhood Park

5800 Terrell Avenue

Forest Heights, Maryland 20745




Kuno was born on June 6, 2018, in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. The son of a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix. He received his primary education at the Ventosa Kennel in North Carolina. In search of a better career, in 2019, Kuno relocated north to Maryland to take a job at the Forest Heights Police Department as their first K9 Dog. Kuno later matriculated to K9 School with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Kuno was very energetic, loved to work, and loved chicken nuggets. Every day he would get excited as he got dressed for work and wore his uniform carrier proudly.

Kuno had a vast career that allowed him to work with multiple agencies and was a deputized member of United States Marshal Service, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force to name a few. He also attended over 5,000 hours of training since starting his career. He’s had over 57 Deployments, 28 CDS scans, 29 patrol searches, and 17 person finds.

Kuno suffered a heatstroke while searching a school building for a burglary suspect. After collapsing, he never regained consciousness and slipped away on July 2, 2023. He was five years old.

He is survived by his partner and handler A/Sgt. K. Grooms and the Grooms family. Police Chief Anthony Rease and the officers of the Forest Heights Police Department. The Mayor and the Town Council. His co-workers: K9 Thor, K9 Vito, and Comfort K9 Coach. And a host of town residents.



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My condolences to your great loss. People who do not have a connection with a K9, service dog or a dog in general-do not understand.


Jul 14, 2023

My heart is heavy...Kuno truly deserved the recognition for a job well done!! I'm proud of your service work in the community ànd you'll never be forgotten!! REST IN HEAVEN PEACEFULLY KUNO....We'll miss you!! Marsha CW Dickerson


Thank you so much for your dedication Kuno. I only knew you for a day and you had such an impact on my heart. My deepest sympathy to Sergeant Grooms and the entire department. I hope only the best memories of Kuno keep you comfort during this awful time. I’ll never forget trying to get the bowl from you when you thought it was a toy. The obedience and protection you showed me in one night is unmeasurable.

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